WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Transportof, pertaining to, or for vehicles:a vehicular tunnel.
- Transportserving as a vehicle.
- Transportcaused by a vehicle;
attributed or attributable to vehicles:vehicular homicide.
- Transportcarried on or transported by means of a vehicle:vehicular recording units.
- Late Latin vehiculāris. See vehicle, -ar1
- Transporta conveyance moving on wheels, runners, or the like, such as an automobile; a device by which someone or something is carried:a motor vehicle.
- Transportany means in or by which someone or something is carried or conveyed:Air is the vehicle of sound.
- Show Businessa play, screenplay, or other artistic work or entertainment with a role designed or especially well suited to display the talents of a certain performer.
- Transportany means in or by which someone travels or something is carried or conveyed; a means of conveyance or transport:a motor vehicle; space vehicles.
- Transporta conveyance moving on wheels, runners, tracks, or the like, as a cart, sled, automobile, or tractor.
- Transport, a means of transmission or passage:Air is the vehicle of sound.
- a carrier, as of infection.
- a medium of communication, expression, or display:The novel is a fitting vehicle for his talents. Language is the vehicle of thought.
- Theater, Show Businessa play, screenplay, or the like, having a role suited to the talents of and often written for a specific performer.
- a means of accomplishing a purpose:College is a vehicle for success.
- Rhetoricthe thing or idea to which the subject of a metaphor is compared, as "rose'' in "she is a rose.'' Cf. tenor (def. 3).
- Drugs[Pharm.]a substance, usually fluid, possessing little or no medicinal action, used as a medium for active remedies.
- Fine Art[Painting.]a liquid, as oil, in which a pigment is mixed before being applied to a surface.
- Latin vehiculum, equivalent. to veh(ere) to convey + -i- -i- + -culum -cle2
- Because the primary stress in vehicle is on the first syllable, the
(h)USA pronunciation in the second syllable tends to disappear:
(vē′i kəl).USA pronunciation A pronunciation with primary stress on the second syllable and a fully pronounced
(h)USA pronunciation is usually considered nonstandard:
(vē hik′əl).USA pronunciation In the adjective vehicular, where the primary stress is normally on the second syllable, the
(h)USA pronunciation is always pronounced.